Rubaru Roshni Review: The Documentary Convinces Us that Everyone, Even Criminals, Deserve a Second Chance

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Rubaru Roshni Review: The Documentary Convinces Us that Everyone, Even Criminals, Deserve a Second Chance

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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omewhere in the middle of the documentary Rubaru Roshni, a farmer Samandar Singh uproots a developing shrub of onion. “This won’t grow,” he says before breaking the stem at the base and planting it again in the wet earth. It is a moment that metaphorically encapsulates the strange and overwhelming world of this film – a world of second chances.

Produced and narrated by Aamir Khan, the palette of Rubaru Roshni refuses to abdicate hope. Violence, the film says, has as much a forgivable history as it stands the chance to have a forgivable future. Violence need not repeat itself, so to speak. Given the popularity of vengeful cinema – Simmba, Uri – and the strain of hateful politics bearing down on us, Rubaru Roshni is that rare film that advocates and asserts the novelty of forgiveness; a film that, for a change, asks the viewer to show a spine, instead of spite.

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